Margaret Tyzack to join EastEnders cast

Veteran actress Margaret Tyzack is to join BBC One soap EastEnders in April, it has been announced.

The 79-year-old will play Lydia Simmonds, the maternal grandmother of Albert Square regular Janine Butcher.

Best known for her classical stage roles, Tyzack has won numerous awards for her stage work including two Oliviers and a Tony.

The actress said she was "delighted to be joining a great British tradition and a fine company of actors".

Viewers will see the snobbish Lydia reunited with Janine, whom she has not seen for years.

Eastenders' executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said it was "a coup" to have her on the show.

Tyzack, he continued, was "an actress of incredible class and talent" whose character had "endless possibilities".

Source - BBC news

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